The research investment fund was set up as a pilot to help the construction industry develop new research and gather evidence where it doesn’t exist or is limited. Applications were invited from federations, with three successful bids.
These were received from:
- The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) – addressing questions about the role of the Ecological Clerk of Works in the Construction Industry
- FIS (Finishers and Interiors Sector) – considering productivity in drylining and associated training opportunities
- Construction Plant Hire Association (CPA) – looking at the demand for and supply of Construction Plant Operators
These proposals are now being developed.
The three successful bids all showed that there was:
- a clear research proposal for which there was no relevant evidence already available; along with a coherent proposal as to how the research could progress
- value to the wider construction industry
- strategic relevance of addressing the perceived challenge.
A maximum of £100,000 will be made available to be allocated between the three proposals. Each proposal will be fully funded during the pilot and the budget available for each project will be agreed following discussion between the CITB research team and the successful applicants. The successful applicants will work with the CITB research team to create new research to address the agreed challenge.
Our expectation is that CITB will be publishing details later in 2017 of the innovative ideas received, the research undertaken, what new evidence is established and how we expect it to help to support our industry.